A key scene from "Motel Confidential" (1967) that illustrates the shift in sexploitation films from voyeuristic comedies to hard-edged "roughies" that followed in the wake of "Olga's House of Shame", et al. This film is a typical, light-hearted nudie-cutie about various couples shacking up at a motel. However, this one scene of a con artist couple is from another world entirely. A sexual sadist gives his girlfriend a belt whipping and hand spanking as foreplay. An out of place moment that appears to be a concession to the hard-boiled roughies that were replacing the old-style nudies which began in the late '50s.
Director A.C. Stephens (pseud) specialized in sexploitation including the classic horror-nudie "Orgy of the Dead" (1965) written by friend and business partner Ed Wood. He and Wood made a string of forgotten softcore sex films in the '60s and '70s until Wood's untimely death in 1978.
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